"Nychte" an ancient word: Night.
Ancient Celtic monolithic structures (such as those suggested by this image) may have been sufficiently accurate and useable to predict the occurrence of eclipses, but then again, maybe not. On August 11, 1999, a total eclipse of the sun will occur very near to Stonehenge, located on the Salisbury Plain in England. Rumor has it that the visitor's centre at Stonehenge is appalling. In any case, some astrology adherents are convinced that the eclipse over Stonehenge portends grand things (even if Stonehenge won't be exactly on the track of the eclipse as depicted above). I'm only reporting the news here, folks. I also report that this particular eclipse may qualify in the record books as The Eclipse Heralding the New Millenium: Its path crosses directly over England, France, Belgium, Luxemborg, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and India. In India, the moon will obliterate the sun for about 50 seconds, ending just at the moment of sunset. How cool will that look? Vadodara (north of Bombay) is the place to see it happen like that.
Credits: MANY THANKS to Fred Espenak of NASA for granting me permission to use a frame from his video (careful! it's a 14MB QuickTime movie!) of the 1994 eclipse over La Lava, Bolivia. I told him I would try to do a good job. There's more than one link on this page to his excellent information about the upcoming August 11, 1999 eclipse. Someone please remind me to update this page after the August 11, 1999 event.
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